Islamabad, December 01, 2015 (PPI-OT):NAB is committed to eradicate corruption across the board by adopting zero tolerance policy. Youth is pride of the nation and our future asset too. They are the leaders of tomorrow. Corruption is an evil that can shake the backbone of any society. If this evil is eradicated from the society, the greatest threat to development is over.
NAB has been assigned with the responsibility for the elimination of corruption through a holistic approach of awareness, prevention and enforcement. It takes cognizance of all offences falling within the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999. NAB has launched National Anticorruption Strategy (NACS). NAB has been entrusted with a state function under section 33C of the National Accountability Ordinance 1999 to educate and advise public authorities, holders of public office and the community at large on measures to combat corruption and corrupt practices.
An effective accountability mechanism is exemplary for economic growth, investment and stability of social order. The interventions by NAB were encouraging in curbing the menace of corruption. However strategy was redefined with the introduction of Awareness and Prevention regime with focus on educating society at large particularly youth and to prevent corruption and corrupt practices at an early stage before happening.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has entered into an MOU with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to carry out joint awareness efforts against elimination of corruption. It would not be out of place to mention that NAB since its inception, has adopted the Enforcement based approach in its fight against corruption. It has prosecuted the corrupt irrespective of their status/ social standing.
NAB has so far recovered an amount of over Rs.265 billion of looted public money besides jail terms and other punishments to convicts. The rate of NAB is about 70%. That is why PILDAT in its has highly rated NAB’s performance. This compares quite favourably to 29% public confidence in Police and 26% have confidence in other government departments whereas NAB’s rating is 42%.
It is pertinent to mention here that due to extra ordinary performance of NAB complemented with across the board actions; Pakistan’s position has considerably improved from 129 to 126 out of 175 countries worldwide in the latest Transparency International report on Corruption Perception index (CPI). This reflects that NAB has performed exceedingly well during the year. In fact this is the best position attained by Pakistan since Transparency International started this CPI rating system in 1995.
He said support from all segments of society, particularly the educational institutions is imperative to make it effective at mass-scale. The role of students and academicians are highly important in preparing the people not to indulge themselves in corruption in any manner.
He said the most effective way to create awareness among masses about corruption and its consequences was to indulge the youth in anti corruption campaign. Addressing the oath taking ceremony of Character Building Society (CBS) here at University of Engineering and Technology (UET), he said the NAB had initiated the programme to form character building societies to eliminate the corruption at grass root level, therefore about 10,000 CBS societies were established in which 150,000 members have been registered.
The chairman said that 9th December is World Anti Corruption Day which UN’s member states make resolve to put in place comprehensive measures in order to eradicate corruption and create awareness to prevent the menace. Terming corruption the second biggest challenge faced by the country after terrorism, he stressed the need for evolving the same measures which were taken against terrorism on war footing with firm determination to eradicate it.
On the occasion, the chairman also inaugurated the database system of the CBS and also administered the oath to CBSs including students and teachers from various districts of Punjab. Later, he awarded the cash prizes and certificates among the position holders of various contests including singing, painting and debate. The NAB officials signed the Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with three universities UET, Government College University (GCU) and Virtual University (VU) for cooperation, interaction and further strengthen the efforts to end corruption.
Addressing the ceremony, NAB Director General Punjab Director General Syed Burhan Ali Shah said that corruption was the reason that halted national progress and prosperity deprive people of their fundamental facilities including education and health, adding that all social issues were interrelated to the corruption which should be eradicated.
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